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Housing Selection

Housing Selection

It’s time to make your housing arrangements for the 2017-2018 school year!

2017 Housing Selection Key Dates
March 14–17 Housing Chip Lottery
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
March 30 Summer/Fall Housing Selection
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Seniors in Fall
6:15 – 7 p.m. Juniors in Fall
7 – 7:45 p.m. Sophomores in Fall
7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Anyone unable to make it earlier

The information on this website is offered to assist current and future residential students as they complete the housing selection process. Please read the information carefully and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

How & When Do I Sign Up?

SQUATTER’S RIGHT: All students currently living in Breen, Tanner or Ormseth, who intend to maintain their current rooms and roommate(s) for the coming year will be given the privilege to do so without having to go through the entire selection process. Those students will need to complete a Squatter’s Rights form at the Residence Life Office in the Campus Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 27-March 3, 2017. They will also need to sign housing contracts, select meal plans, and sign up for parking.

Theme Houses and Timberland
Theme houses and Timberland applications are due to the Residence Life Office by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017. Interviews for both will be held during the week of March 20-24, 2017, and students may sign up for an interview time at the CIC desk (Campus Center) the week before. The residents selections will be announced after the "pick-a-chip" process, so students are strongly encouraged to pick a number between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 14-Friday March 17, 2017, in case they are not selected for a theme house or Timberland apartment.

All others will need to go through the Housing Selection Process, which will be based on a lottery drawing. There will be three boxes in the Residence Life Office (across from the Campus Information Center) with numbers for each group of students to select a number from. Drawing will take place Tuesday, March 14–Friday, March 17, 2017.

Housing Selection will take place Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Seniors in Fall
6:15 – 7 p.m. Juniors in Fall
7 – 7:45 p.m. Sophomores in Fall
7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Anyone unable to make it earlier

Please see posters for more details.

Housing sign-up will be based on the number of credits earned by the end of the Fall 2017 semester. It is each student’s responsibility to know how many credits he or she has. If a student signs up with the wrong class, the student will be placed at the bottom of the appropriate class.

See below for credit requirements.

Rising Senior: 86+ credits
Rising Junior: 54-85 credits
Rising Sophomore: 53 or fewer credits

Credits DO NOT include 2016 Summer session credits.

How does this process work?

Students are responsible for reading this information and the housing contract, and seeking clarification regarding the housing process. You may find the Housing Contract on-line at:

As indicated in the housing contract, all residential students (except for those in Timberland) are required to have a meal plan. Requests for exemption need to be made to the Dean of Students. Housing Selection will take place Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You must have your student ID with you!

The order of selection will be done by a lottery drawing. Each group of students will select a number from one of three boxes in the Residence Life Office in the Campus Center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You MUST draw your number: Tuesday, March 14–Friday, March 17, 2017

Students will be listed according to their number picked; with the lower number been listed first. The lower your number, the earlier you get to select in the process on March 30, 2017. Two students wanting to be roommates may sign up during the first roommate’s turn to sign up.

For those who are unable to be at housing selection:
You may pick up a Proxy Form from the Residence Life Office by Tueday, March 14, 2017. Complete and return the form to the Residence Life Office or give it to the person who will represent you during housing selection. The proxy form will indicate that you are authorizing someone to select a room. You will need to stop by the Residence Life Office to sign a housing contract, select your meal plan, and reserve your parking permit by 4 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017.

Room & Board Costs 2016-2017

Residence Halls (meal plans included)

Rates given are per semester

Residence Halls with Meal Plan Cost/Semester Cost/Year
Double Breen Room (Single rooms not available) $3,933 $7,866
Double Ormseth Room (A/C available in all rooms) $3,623 $7,246
Double Tanner Room (A/C not available) $3,560 $7,120
Single Ormseth Room (Additional $620 per semester, A/C in all rooms) $4,243 $8,486
Single Tanner Room  ( Additional $610 per semester, A/C not available) $4,170 $8,340
Theme Houses $3,933 $7,866
Residence Halls with No Meal Plan Required Cost/Semester Cost/Year
Timberland Apartments (August 1, 2016-May 31, 2017) $2,712 $5,424

*Second semester only

Summer Housing

Students who are attending a summer session, or staying in the Forest City area during the summer are encouraged to sign up for housing during Housing Selection on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Summer Housing will be in Breen Hall and costs will be as follows:

  • Double: $47/Week  $190/Month

There is no meal plan available for summer residents but Warrior Crossing will have meals available for Warrior Bucks or cash.

Resident Meal Plans

 Plans Meals/Week Declining Balance
Purple 19/week $125
Gold 12/week $225
Silver 125 block meals $300

Commuter Meal Plans (Timberland only)

Meals/Semester Cost
30 meals + $100 flex $279
50 meals + $75 flex $370
80 meals + $75 flex $547

Brian Keely, Director of Dining Services can answer any questions you may have. You can contact him at 641.585.8168 or

Parking Permits

Parking permits for next school year may be reserved at the same time you sign up for housing. Parking permits are $50 and will be charged to your student account. Permits will be placed in your welcome package at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Student Parking:

  • Field House Gravel Lot (Green Permit)
  • Ormseth Lot (Red Permit)
  • Timberland Lot (Blue Permit)
  • Watertower Lot (Purple Permit)

Commuter Parking:

  • Ormseth Lot (Red Permit)

Note: Student parking is prohibited in RA, AC and Facilities parking stalls. Overnight parking on city streets is also prohibited. Parking for Summer Housing will be in the Water Tower Parking Lot. Current permits are good for the summer. Students who do not currently have permits, but would like to have a vehicle on campus in the summer, will need to purchase a summer parking permit for $25.

If you have any questions, please contact Residence Life at 641.585.8160 or e-mail

Housing To Do List

  • Decide on a roommate
  • Decide where you would prefer to live
  • Pick a back up, too!
  • Decide on a meal plan
  • Decide to obtain a parking permit if you will have a vehicle on campus
  • Remember your sign-up time
  • Sign up for summer housing if needed
  • Don’t forget your Student ID!